Alampur: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday blamed erstwhile Congress government for creating "regional imbalance" by ignoring border and Kandi areas of the state.
The border and Kandi areas of the state have lagged far behind than the other areas in terms of overall development and prosperity, Badal said.
Talking to media on the third day of Sangat Darshan programme in Dasuya Assembly seat, the Chief Minister said, "due to their vested interests the Congress leadership has totally neglected border and Kandi areas during their long regime."
"Hardly any initiative was taken by the Congress leaders to set up industrial units which could have played the pivotal role in developing these areas besides generating employment opportunities for youth," he said.
He categorically said that none of the Congress chief minister has ever bothered to visit these areas due to which they were unaware about the woes faced by people due the lack of basic civic amenities.
Kandi area at the Shivalik foothills is roughly 10 per cent of the total geographical area of the state.
"The SAD-BJP combine government has laid special thrust to develop these areas so that people residing in it could reap the benefits of the development," the chief minister said.
Realising well that the education was the most important aspect for developing these backward regions the Punjab Government had already laid special emphasis to impart quality education to the students in the far flung areas, he said.
Badal said that for the first time in the history of state the SAD-BJP combine government has constituted a separate cadre of teachers for both the regions so that they could contribute in the providing quality education to students.
Badal said that the state government was also focusing on developing the Kandi area of the state as the hub of food processing industry for which the necessary steps are being taken.
"The farmers of this area can become trend-setters for
the state by ensuring optimum utilisation of their products like Mango, Amla and others herbs," said Badal.
The chief minister said the Congress had done grave injustice by fixing the quota of recruitment in the Army from the state, which has adversely affected prospects of large number of youth desiring to join the armed forces.
He appealed for abolishing the quota saying, "so that more and more youth from the state could join the Army.
When asked about the power situation in the state, Badal said that stupendous efforts have been made by the Punjab government to increase the generation of power by setting up three more power plants in the state.
Badal said that the problem of power shortage has further accentuated due to scanty rainfall and non-melting of snow at the higher peaks of mountains.